Then there’s this 4.5 million expansion of an original 4.8-million recall campaign announced on May 14th. The mind-boggling number of this story is 24.5 million. That’s how many cars the Japanese manufacturer recalled to date to replace sub-standard (and potentially deadly) airbag inflators made by Takata. That's a friggin' lot. Of the models involved in the recall expansion, none were sold in the United States of America.
Approximately 1.63 million of the 4.5 million vehicles were sold in Japan, predominantly Fit superminis and CR-V Crossovers. Information on cars affected in markets outside Japan is not available at the time of writing, but fret not - all will be disclosed as soon as investigation findings will be a-OK to be announced.
To date, Takata airbags were linked with the death of 8 people and 100-plus injured. Curiously enough, all 8 of the deceased died in Honda-branded vehicles. Even more curious that that is the fact that Honda owns 1.2 percent of the Takata Corporation.